Half-sister to Goldikova to make debut

Half-sister to superstar Goldikova makes debut
By Chris Hill 6:31PM 25 SEP 2016

FREDDY HEAD introduces a half-sister to his star race mare Goldikova on Monday with the Redoute's Choice filly Gold Luck declared for the fillies' mile maiden at Maisons-Laffitte at 2.05pm local time (1.05pm GMT)

She will carry the colours of her owner-breeders the Wertheimer brothers and was conceived during her champion Australian sire's first spell at Haras de Bonneval in Normandy.

Gold Luck is the 14th foal produced by the winning miler Born Gold, a daughter of Blushing Groom, making her a half-sister to 12 winners.

A sister to the 1992 Prix Marcel Boussac and 1993 Coronation Stakes winner Gold Splash, Born Gold has been a flagbearer for the Wertheimer brothers having foaled five group winners and a further two stakes-placed performers.

The Anabaa mare Goldikova is undoubtedly her standout runner with 14 Group/Grade 1s to her name, including a hat-trick of victories in the Breeders' Cup Mile and four successive renewals of the Prix Rothschild.

Born Gold is also the dam of 2011 Prix Vermeille heroine Galikova, a daughter of Galileo, as well as Group 3 scorers Anodin, Gold Round – herself a useful broodmare having produced three black type winners on the flat to date – and Gold Sound.

Among her opponents is Palombe, an Andre Fabre-trained daughter of Nathaniel bred by Baron Edouard de Rothschild's Ecurie de Meautry.

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Palombe is the third foal out of Fabre's 1m2f winner Grey Lily who Rothschild acquired at the 2010 Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale. Offered by Gestut Ammerland, Patricia Boutin's Suprina secured the daughter of Boreal on Rothschild's behalf for €95,000.

Fabre has achieved significant success with the family as he trained Palombe's granddam Grey Lilas to win the 2004 Prix du Moulin and also sent out siblings to Grey Lily to succeed at stakes level. Most notably the Galileo filly Golden Lilac, who recorded three Group 1 victories in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, Prix de Diane and Prix d'Ispahan.

Grey Lily has produced one previous winner to date with Palombe being a half-sister to the Nayef colt Alban, a winner over 1m3f.

Colts with smart pedigrees in action at Maisons-Laffitte

Earlier on the card, a number of well-bred two-year-olds make their debut in the mile maiden for colts and geldings at 12.55pm local time (11.55am GMT).

Sheikh Hamdan is represented by the Shadwell homebred Mankib, a son of Tamayuz trained by Freddy Head.

Mankib is out of the Divine Light mare Natagora, crowned 2007 champion two-year-old filly in England after victory in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes and winner of the following year's 1,000 Guineas.

Natagora has produced two winners to date, both successful over 6f, with Mankib being a three-parts brother to the Nayef filly Rayaheen and half-brother to Raaqy, a daughter of Dubawi who also finished third in last year's Listed Star Stakes.

Andre Fabre is double-handed with the most eye-catching on breeding being the Godolphin-owned colt Graphite.

The son of Shamardal is a half-brother to seven winners including 1m1f Grade 2 Del Mar Derby victor Fairly Ransom and 1m1f Listed scorer Fairly Fair. He is the 11th foal out of the Linamix mare Fairly Grey, a sister to 2003 Prix Ganay hero Fair Mix.

Graphite was offered by his breeder Haras de Saint-Pair at last year's Arqana October Yearling Sale where he was purchased by Stroud Coleman Bloodstock for €250,000.

Another well-related debutant is the Aga Khan homebred Valamaz, a son of Azamour in training with Alain de Royer-Dupre.

Out of the dual Group 3 winner Vadapolina, a Trempolino half-sister to Prix Saint-Alary heroines Vazira and Vadawina, Valamaz is a half-brother to three winners including the Dansili filly Veda who finished runner-up in the 2014 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches.

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